Ford has unveiled the new F-150 Lightning Switchgear, a high-performance all-electric off-roader concept that could foreshadow a potential F-150 Lightning Raptor model. Developed in collaboration with RTR Vehicles, the F-150 Lightning Switchgear draws inspiration for the 2016 F-150 RTR Ultimate Fun-Haver project and features aggressive carbon fiber body work, a unique livery, and high-end off-road suspension and running gear.
Ford says the new F-150 Lightning Switchgear “showcases the possibilities of what an electric vehicle can be and provides a playground for engineers to advance learnings quickly for future electric vehicles.”
Highlights include a wider track, increased ground clearance, and increased suspension travel, with 37-inch Nitto Ride Grappler tires matched with Fox three-inch diameter internal bypass shock absorbers. The suspension setup uses custom double wishbones in front and a multilink in he rear. The unique exterior treatment also incorporates new front and rear bumpers for increased approach and departure angles.
Under the carbon fenders, carbon bed sides, and carbon rear bumper cover, the concept integrates steel rock rails and a steel skid plate. There’s also a few unique touches in the cabin, including a massive e-brake bar, Recaro bucket seats, racing harnesses, and an F-150 Lightning Switchgear dash plate.
Ford will display the new F-150 Lightning Switchgear at the upcoming King of the Hammers off-road racing event at the end of the month, set to take place January 25th in Johnson Valley, California. Looking over the photos, it appears as though Ford has already tested this thing extensively.
For now, there are no known plans at Ford to produce the F-150 Lightning Switchgear. However, this concept could foreshadow a potential F-150 Lightning Raptor model. Meanwhile, GM currently doesn’t offer a direct rival for a potential F-150 Lightning Raptor, with the closes thing being the forthcoming Chevy Silverado EV Trail Boss. In our opinion, a Chevy Silverado EV ZR2 model would make for a better competitor.